It was a surprise to see Kilcarry Bridge reverting to hurdles at Thurles on Sunday after an excellent run behind Sitcom over fences there last month. JUPITOR had only looked moderate over fences before an encouraging handicap debut at Navan where he made Oscars Business pull out the stops. That sort of form should be good enough as Coole Avenue hasn't shown much over fences and connections resort to a first-time visor. Springfield Way has easily the best form of these but an absence since finishing tailed off in a Grade 2 hurdle at Leopardstown almost two years ago is a cause for concern.
Coole Avenue (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always behind, no impression from 5 out, never a factor, 14th of 17, well behind Foxrock (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs in Nov.
Dr Nana (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, no danger in poor 6th 3 out, completely tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Don Cossack (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct.
Fergiethelegend (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden 6 out, moderate 9th 3 out, kept on one pace, no impression in 7th when fell 2 out, in a race won by James (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hnt chs gd, 12 ran.
Jupitor (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Impeded 2nd, soon tracked leaders, closer in 2nd 3 out, no impression last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Oscars Business (10-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130.
Kashline (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden into 7th 3 out, no impression in moderate 6th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 24l behind Bright New Dawn (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs.
Kilcarry Bridge (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Led, headed approaching straight and no impression in 5th before 2 out, under pressure and no extra approaching last,, 6th of 8, 24l behind Los Amigos (11-3) at Thurles 2m 6f nh nov hdl sft.
Notimetoserve (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Soon behind in rear, never a factor, remote 4th close home,, 4th of 6, well behind Is Herself About (11-5) at Clonmel 2m beg chs gd.
Springfield Way (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Led or disputed lead, headed 3 out, weakened quickly approaching straight, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Boston Bob (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan '12.